Did you know that Riverview First United Methodist Church was the first Methodist congregation in all of Hillsborough County, and that 2021 marks the 175th year that our church has been operating in one Riverview location or another? We look forward to continuing to serve our community’s spiritual needs through worship, bible study, and small groups both at the church and in the surrounding community. And we are happy to serve our communities food needs through our partnerships with the US Department of Agriculture, ECHO, Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay, South Shore United Methodist Church, the Rice Creek Chapel Service, and other supporters too numerous to mention.
We continue to provide precautions against COVID-19. We offer social distancing, require masks and temperature checks for those entering the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, and provide hand sanitizer and individual communion supplies. We welcome all those who seek a Sunday worship experience to our early morning service at 8:00 AM, our adult Gleaners Sunday School at 9:00 AM, and/or our regular Sunday Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM.
If you are like many of us, the worship of our God is an important and regular part of your life. RUMC wants to be here for you both today and in the future. We hope to see you soon in person.
We are calling on volunteers to help us with sprucing up the church buildings and grounds in preparation for our 175th Anniversary. We need help with cleaning, painting, landscaping, and other tasks as enumerated in our Trustees 175 Plan. We are making plans for a 175th Anniversary Party sometime in the Fall of 2021.
Our Metropolitan Ministry Hot Lunch Program needs additional volunteers. The MetroMin Hot Lunches are served on Tuesdays from 10 AM until Noon. During the pandemic hot lunches are served in Styrofoam to-go containers to our RESTORE clients and to other hungry or homeless people. We are recruiting servers on a rotational, one week a month basis. Please contact Connie Mosley at (813)766-7104 to get on the server schedule.
Thanks to Muriel Harris’ granddaughter for designing and completing our new 175th anniversary banner. [See Above]. It has taken pride of place at the front of the sanctuary, replacing the banner that celebrated our older 160th year anniversary. It will be displayed during this year’s Florida Annual Conference celebration to be held virtually in late June.
Face coverings (masks or shields) are still required in all buildings. This includes all inside in-person activities. Although we are aware of CDC guidelines no longer requiring coverings for vaccinated people during outside activities, the Florida UM Conference guidelines for indoor activities remain the same. We also continue to encourage social distancing for all church events. Thanks for your continued cooperation.